@the_Monk and starkers
Thanks for an interesting discussion. I started thinking about privileges, not running as administrator, UAC and more. I use administrator account in Windows 7 because it is the default account after installation and it makes me feel like an important person In Windows 8 and newer you are not using an administrator account by default I think. Thinking about these things made my head feel heavy. So I wrote about something else instead. It was still supposed to be about security. It became more of a Chrome OS rant and then a more general rant.
The malware problem is tied to the fact you are allowed to install applications outside a store/repository. A store may also contain malware, especially if it contains 2.6 million applications like Google Play Store. It's a crazy number so I provide this link as proof:
I don't consider malware to be the biggest threat, but Chrome OS has probably solved the malware problem. Chrome OS is said to perform an OS integrity check every boot. Since you can't install anything on Chrome OS, only system processes are running.
From a technological perspective Chrome OS is interesting. From any other perspective it is uninteresting I think.
Chrome OS would be the OS of choice for a lot of people if it could do the basics. Like printing (like normal Linux), having local storage, and a few essential “offline” applications (screened applications in a Google repository). Just the basics.
Instead Chrome OS is so barebones it's almost useless for most people. Marketshare is pretty telling. Linux has a 2.31 % share (see link in OP) and that includes Chrome OS.
Desktop Linux doesn't really have any backing in the marketplace. Chrome OS has massive backing. Every OEM makes a Chromebook. Chrome OS is available on nice hardware at low prices.
In a desperate move Google is going to bring Android applications to Chrome OS. Is that what people want?. How about basics like printing and local storage?
Instead of just adding a few missing pieces to Chrome OS, Google will bring Android junk to the platform. For those who want Android and a keyboard there are already other solutions.
I think Chrome OS is a missed opportunity to create a malware-free mainstream platform. It's clear that after 6 years on the market with massive backing and a marketshare around 1 % this platform is not doing well.
Chrome OS has achieved 1 % market-share in a time when:
People aren't happy with the latest version of Windows
Mac has its most unimpressive/most expensive lineup ever
Desktop Linux continues to reinvent itself and suffers stability problems
This is my take on the current situation:
There is nothing holding back Windows 10 adoption except Windows 10
There is nothing holding back Mac adoption except Apple
There is nothing holding back Desktop Linux adoption except Desktop Linux
There is nothing holding back Chrome OS adoption except Chrome OS
Those willing to provide consumer improvements will gain market-share. However, the desktop is probably done. Now it's about virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things, bots, talking to your computer and running malware scans on your fridge. Internet of Things might prove that today we are actually living in blissful simplicity. Who would have known?